I admit, I'm excited about this one, even though my post date falls on the very same day that my revised manuscript is due on my editor's desk (the Google calendar gods are clearly angry at me for something).
Anyway, special thanks to Josh Bellin www.joshuadavidbellin.com for inviting me! And to the lovely trio of YA authors who kindly agreed to take up the torch on March 22, so watch out for their blog posts. You can find their bios and websites below the interview.
Okay, on to the questions…
What am I working on?
I'm currently writing the sequel to SOME FINE DAY. I might go for a trilogy but I'm not entirely sure yet. Anyway, the first book is set mostly underground or along the archipelago that the Eastern Seaboard has become at the turn of the next century. My WIP—working title FIRESTORM—is set in the unholy mess that is Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. That is to say, tornados. Wildfires. Biblical floods and droughts. And I Am Having So. Much. Fun. What's wrong with me?
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
There's been a lot of talk lately about the whole cli-fi genre: climate change fiction. Danny Bloom is one of its most vocal proponents. Goodreads has a list (of course they do!). I plan to work my way through it, especially SURVIVAL COLONY NINE and THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD. But instead of trying to compare myself to others, which we all know never ends well, I'll just say this: Hypercanes, baby. Hypercanes.
Why do I write what I do?
Because it matters to me, it scares me, it fascinates me and in the end, it's just plain fun.
How does my writing process work?
Ah, good question! I'm still wrestling with that whole "process" thing myself. What does work, and what doesn't? Why do some stories just spread their wings and fly, while others need to be filled with birdshot, hopefully before you've spent too many weeks pounding your head against the desk? What, exactly, is the role of chocolate, and why is it all gone?
Seriously though, the early days of just spacing out and imagining bits of the story and getting to know my main characters is my favorite part (before all the heavy lifting begins). Some of it is very literary—I hear whole paragraphs and lines of dialogue in my head—and some is very visual, like flashes from a film trailer. Or music. Hand Covers Bruise always played in my head when I pictured the final scene of SOME FINE DAY.
I love revising, even under Kafkaesque deadlines. I'd say the first third of a book is the hardest for me. I have this great idea that I've been nursing along and I'm so afraid I'll muck it up. So I tell myself, it's okay if it sucks! The beginning always sucks. You don't really know your characters yet. You haven't found your rhythm. Just rewrite it later.
It's liberating and lets me get through the hostile wilderness of chapter one.
Funnily enough, the first pages of SOME FINE DAY are some of the only ones both my editor and I left untouched.
Introducing the March 22 My Writing Process Bloggers!
Dorothy Dreyer is a Philippine-born American living in Germany with her husband and two teens. She writes young adult books that usually have some element of magic or the supernatural in them. She also likes to read those kinds of books. Aside from reading, Dorothy likes movies, chocolate, take-out, traveling, and having fun with friends and family. She tends to sing sometimes, too, so keep her away from your Karaoke bars. www.dorothydreyer.com/
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she lives in the Philippines and writes full-time. www.kateevangelista.com/
Margo Kelly loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She loves writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give you the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Margo is represented by the not-so-scary, but totally awesome, Brianne Johnson of Writers House. www.margokelly.net/